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Oxblood red begun, this season, with an undoubtedly sinister approach from designer Christopher Kane. His differentiation from last seasons elegance boiled down to lacquered fabrics, adding a dense shine, depicting connotation of fresh blood, nothing here was conservative. Outerwear came in the form of full-length coats, opened of course, to reveal cut out cropped bustier tops in dominating black leather. Contrasting to this was Aquascutum, again following in form with outerwear this oxblood was far more demure, dull even. Boxy, turned down collars framed full-length coats with buckled cuffs and a patent leather trims.

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This season we’re looking at oriental brocade, embroideries and prints. Both here in Europe and across the pond there has once again been a vast Eastern influence in many designers’ collections. From Jason Wu’s Ming Dynasty warriors to Proenza Schouler’s Samurai inspired take on ‘protection’ this season saw an integration of Eastern influence reformed and redefined by its Western aesthetic.

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Do not be deceived, although the title indicates this is a monthly wish list my brain chops and changes its mind frequently. Thus chances are this section will come up more than once a month. Bare with me here, I am but a boy with wide eyes and a greedy taste for clothes.

Thank you GQ for bringing us Britain’s best dressed man and of course to Jane Moore for finally writing a piece of the woes of summer, focussing directly on the devastating trend in middle-aged men taking a liking to socks and sandals. More of a thank you goes out to GQ this evening for helping me select what is now top of my wish list this month, and probably always will be, that is…until something better comes along.

The Buckler Spring ’11 collection does, without doubt, have me begging for more money! I must have that jacket. (Photo: Monica Feudi).

Burberry never fail to have me on the edge of my seat, or asking my bank for an increase on my student overdraft account, and with the aviator jacket firmly on trend for women the men (or at least me) want to join in too.

The Colour Codes collection by Swatch has forever kept my interest, yet I must shamefully admit to shying ever so slightly away from brash colour, so keep your pinks, neon yellows and envy green and hand me over this classic retro tick tock.

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